THERE is no doubt our ZESCO is in serious power crisis and the company’s future operations unquestionably remain in indeterminate state.
If ZESCO, for starters, does not seriously think of investing in solar energy, its future will become volatile because already the weather people have predicted poor rains for Zambia this year.
I hear that load shedding might increase as the severe dry period sets in. What this means is that a new age of energy is on the horizon. The age of generators, candles, paraffin and indeed more importantly charcoal.
Now it is charcoal which is going to be the killer of Zambia because the more trees will be cut down for charcoal as demand for the commodity increases, the less rains will be received and ZESCO will have no water to run its generators.
ZESCO should right away court the World Bank or IMF to quickly secure money for investment in solar energy.
That is only way forward. ZESCO should forget about hydro power which has now become enormously problematic.
I am not a prophet of doom, but the way the situation stands today, it is clear for all to see that Zambia is in deep trouble over electricity and as we move towards the end of the year, the situation will become more wobbly and it will be survival of the fittest.
Worse still if ZESCO will not be able to supply power to industry (it is already failing to do so) it means our economy will suffer even more.
Zambia is in power catastrophe and needs urgent solutions.